A Defense Department policy memo quietly released last month has left Marine Corps infantry units unable to use the hundreds of new quadcopters fielded to units at the direction of the commandant. The potential for a security breach has long been a concern for the military. In August, the Army Aviation Directorate banned the use of drones made by the most popular commercial company, DJI, which is Chinese-owned.
Nightingale Security was awarded the 2018 Electronic Security Expo (EXS) Innovation Award. The ESX award is given as a recognition for outstanding products and services that drive the electronic security and life safety industry forward. Nightingale Security is at the forefront of Robotic Aerial Security, with capabilities to fly programmed, autonomous missions around a defined perimeter and help security teams lower response times, and gain invaluable insight into potential threats.
As a pioneering American company offering a complete commercial security drone solution, Nightingale Security’s business is taking off. Customers of Mountain View, California based Nightingale can see, patrol and protect their facilities using autonomous robotic technology that is literally taking coverage and communications to new heights.
General Motors is using a Nightingale drone at their 11-million-square-foot campus in Warren to look for inefficiencies in its heating and cooling system and look for other problems. Steven Tomaszewski, director of sustainable workplaces for GM, said the drone will help the company save money and manpower. “There’s a lot of energy demand,” Tomaszewski said of the Tech Center, noting that cutting energy waste can help keep costs down. “Keeping that energy profile low is what we want to do.” A 1% improvement in efficiency equals $250,000 in savings at the Tech Center, Tomaszewski said.
Eighteen GM staffers have been trained as drone pilots to date, with another two expected to be certified by the end of the summer. The future could mean even more drone deployment, but Tomaszewski did not offer details. “This is just a start,” Tomaszewski said. “The sky’s the limit.”
Jack Wu, CEO of Nightingale Security, recently participated in a discussion about security drones with Ian Smith of Commercial Drones.FM.
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